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Yana Sizikova: Russian tennis player arrested at French Open over match-fixing allegations

Yana Sizikova was arrested at Roland-Garros relating to match-fixing allegations; French prosecutors opened investigation last September; 26-year-old lost her first-round women's doubles match on Thursday

Doubles match Lucie Safarova and Barbora Stefkova (both Czech) against Yana Sizikova, pictured, (Russia) and Makoto Ninomiya (Japan) during the J&T Banka Prague Open, on May 1, 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo/Michal Kamaryt (CTK via AP Images)
Image: Russian player Yana Sizikova was arrested at the French Open on Friday but has since been released

Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova was arrested at the French Open over match-fixing allegations before being released on Friday.

The investigation is in relation to a match at last year's French Open, held in October, when Sizikova and doubles partner Madison Brengle lost to Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig.

Suspicions were raised by the amount of money wagered on the Romanians to win a Sizikova service game in the second set, with the Russian serving two double faults.

French newspaper Le Parisien reports Sizikova was arrested at Roland Garros and her hotel room searched before she was released on Friday.

The 26-year-old, ranked 101 in doubles, lost her first-round match at this year's tournament on Thursday alongside fellow Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, with the pair going down 6-1 6-1 to Australians Storm Sanders and Ajla Tomljanovic.

Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the RIA news agency that he had been informed of Sizikova's detention. TASS news agency also reported that the Russian embassy in Paris had been informed of the situation.

"We have not received any documents (regarding the case), so it's difficult to make an assessment of what has happened," Tarpischev was quoted as saying.

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The Russian Tennis Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The International Tennis Integrity Agency, which deals with corruption in the sport, said it would not comment.

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